How to Take a Screenshot on Snapchat

By Micah McDunnigan

The idea behind Snapchat is to let users send each other fleeting pictures that delete themselves after a few seconds. As appealing as the idea of sending something temporary in a digital world where everything lasts forever may be, you can still capture and store Snapchat snaps with screenshots. Once a snap expires it's gone. However, if you use your smartphone's standard screenshot function before the snap's countdown finishes, the image can live on in your device's gallery.

Android

Step 1

Go to your Snapchat inbox.

Step 2

Press and hold the Snapchat snap you want to view.

Press and hold the power button and the volume down button at the same time before the countdown finishes and the snap expires to take a screenshot.

iOS

Step 1

Go to your Snapchat inbox.

Step 2

Press and hold the Snapchat snap you want to view.

Press and release the sleep/wake button and the home button simultaneously before the countdown finishes and the snap expires to take the screenshot.

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